Late August, and we have a good selection of nectar bearing plants at their peak: Sedums, Russian Sage, Verbena and Catmint are all excellent for hoverflies, bees and butterflies.
|Silver Washed Frit. ( with matching food plant!) (c.OOS)|
We had our first Silver washed Fritillary last week, a lovely insect that remained with us for a half hour or more.
Constantly present are the Small and Large White butterflies, easier to admire these when you dont have a crop of brassicas to protect!
|Green Veined White (?) (OOS)|
|Large White on Verbena (c.OOS)|
A Small Copper out on the lawn made it a nice weekend for watching and photographing insects, though birds are beginning to come back to us in numbers:
|Small Copper (c.OOS)|
|Young Wood Pigeon, sitting tight (c.OOS)|
Swallows are doing well everywhere with first and second broods gathering in noisy mixed flocks: the ones in the photos below are well advanced and are located inside the Pat Walsh hide on the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve..
|How could you refuse! (c.OOS)|
|Swallow nest (c.OOS)|